In Ukrainian-born artist Alexander Stolin’s portray “Sand Castles,” two boys construct an elaborate sandcastle with tall spires and thick partitions as waves crash simply past them. A few sea birds appear to observe within the foreground. However the background is extra ominous, with darkish clouds raining down and a few plane carriers within the distance.

“It’s associated to the Russian invasion, the Black Sea and Crimea, when Russia annexed it,” Stolin says. “It’s known as ‘Sand Castles’ as a result of it’s a metaphor for peace. We are attempting to keep up peace like constructing a sandcastle. You at all times have to protect this. In any other case, it’s going to get washed off.”

The work in his “Recollections Venture” look again on a century of his and his spouse’s household, combining photos from his native Kyiv and her roots in Mississippi.

“Recollections Venture” opens at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery with a reception on White Linen Night time on Saturday, Aug. 6. The annual occasion organized by Arts District New Orleans returns with artwork activations within the streets and foods and drinks distributors unfold out on the 300 via 600 block of Julia Road from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Stolin’s work has a type of Covid-era affect to it. Although his canvasses are usually brilliant and colourful, most of those works are black and white or sepia toned. A part of the reason being that he determined to look again on his household via the final century, and plenty of works seize the tones and darkish shadows of outdated black and white images. However he additionally bought Covid on the level he was fascinated about going with out colour, and quickly misplaced his sense of style, he says.

After immigrating to San Francisco together with his household in 1992, Stolin got here to New Orleans for a present of his work in 1994 and ended up staying within the space. Along with his artwork apply, he works within the movie trade as a scene designer. That additionally fits his portray fashion, which he says is influenced by movie noir and the works of Alfred Hitchcock.

He additionally describes a few of his colour canvasses as cinematic in fashion. A way of creepiness akin to Hitchcock and movie noir is obvious in “Halloween,” which relies on a photograph from 1911 of one in all his spouse’s kinfolk. A big group of kids pose for the digicam carrying grotesque clown masks they’ve made at a celebration.

Additionally at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is “Remix,” a set of 20 sculptures made out of hand-cut books by jazz musician Tony Dagradi.

There’s a big selection of openings scheduled for White Linen Night time, together with massive group reveals on the Up to date Arts Heart and the Ogden Museum of Southern Artwork. There are also reveals at 15 galleries and the American Institute of Architects — New Orleans Heart for Structure and Design.

The Ogden Museum opens its Louisiana Up to date present. Visitor curator Valerie Cassel Oliver of the Virginia Museum of Nice Arts culled 51 works by 49 Louisiana artists from greater than 1,000 submissions. Works vary from Luis Cruz Azaceta’s brilliant portray “POSTCARDS FROM UKRAINE 111” to Thom Bennett’s images of dilapidated roadside indicators to assemblages of discovered objects and different items by Shannon Landis Hansen and Jordan Hess.

The Up to date Arts Heart presents the ninth version of its Gulf South Open Name present. Titled “Bear in mind Earth?”, its works tackle environmental points together with local weather change, air pollution, coastal erosion, pure disasters, environmental racism and extra. There are works by 54 artists from Florida to Texas.

The CAC additionally presents work by artists presently in residence, Britt Ransom and a.r. havel. Ransom is engaged on sculpture incorporating 3-D printing methods. “Oh Holy Filth” is a collaborative altar venture by havel, Xiamara Chupaflor and Koko Barrios. The CAC additionally has DJs, money bars and extra throughout its White Linen festivities.

LeMieux Galleries is also internet hosting a juried group present. Among the many artists is Jimmy Descant, a former New Orleanian greatest recognized for his Deluxe Rocketship assemblages, turning issues like classic vacuum cleaners and home equipment into rockets with the trendy curves of area age design. He’s putting in two large-scale rocket ships in Orlando previous to the present.

Although Descant’s returned to the town for latest Jazz Fest artwork sales space appearances, he’s largely moved on to assemblage work based mostly on the West, and he has lived in Tucson for the previous 4 years. His works at LeMieux mix images taken by his father of then-Sen. John F. Kennedy with assemblage parts to offer him outfits invoking Indigenous American tribes and Mardi Gras Indians.

Stella Jones Gallery at Place St. Charles options the work of superb artwork painter and illustrator Charly Palmer. His distinct portrait fashion is discovered within the picture of John Legend on his “Larger Love” album. Palmer lately was chosen to design the duvet for the NBA 2K22 online game, and he has executed earlier video video games and quite a few youngsters’s e book covers.

A lot of the taking part galleries are on Julia or Camp streets. Arthur Roger Gallery has exhibitions of sculpture and video by Stephanie Patton, tapestries by Troy Dugas, work by Brian Guidry and works of geometric abstraction by Pard Morrison. At Octavia Artwork Gallery, “Digital Actuality” options a number of artists exploring makes use of of know-how within the creation of artwork, with projections, holograms and NFTs, in addition to accompanying work.

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Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans opens 'Summer and Smoke' at Marigny Opera House on Aug. 5

One thing is smoldering in Tennessee Williams’ “Summer season and Smoke.” It’s only a query of whether or not the hearth is burning out or rekindling.